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Ellis Wilson: So Much To Paint
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Ellis Wilson: High School Students’ Gallery

The artworks featured on the next few pages were created by high school juniors and seniors as part of a study unit built around the life and works of African-American painter Ellis Wilson. Their assignment was to create an “Ellis Wilson-style” painting, and we think the results are impressive!

Click on the thumbnail image or the text link to see the complete painting.

See our elementary gallery for examples of student works from an Ellis Wilson-inspired figure drawing activity.


School: Central High School, Louisville, KY
Teacher: Patrick Robertson
See lesson plan

The Celebration
by Katie R.

Mother and Child
by Jennifer W.

Mending the Barn
by Sarah S.

Lumberjacks on Break
by Loi L.

Praying in the Field
by Jennifer R.

KET would like to hear from other teachers who use Ellis Wilson—So Much To Paint in the classroom or have created instructional units around the Harlem Renaissance, African-American art or artists, or other themes suggested by these materials. Please with your ideas so we can share them with your colleagues!

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